Spokane Naturopathic Medicine | Doctor Lindsay Donahue
October 19th, 2017
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Spring Allergies: Helpful Hints


We are well into spring allergy season! Flowering plants in March, April and May and the pollens they release can be problematic to those who are sensitive.

One in ten Americans suffer from pollen allergies, causing sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, and itchy throats. Pollen allergies can even worsen asthma or cause sinus infections, as well as ear infections in children.

No one likes seasonal allergies and there is no cure. But, the good news is that they can be managed, often quite effectively.

Nasal lavage (neti pots) wash pollens and other allergens off the delicate mucosal tissue which decreases allergy symptoms. This may need to be repeated daily or twice daily during high pollen counts.

Nutrition and Vitamins are helpful. Bioflavonoids and Vitamin C makes it so mast cells do not degranulate as quickly. When mast cells degranulate they release histamine and cytokines that cause allergy symptoms.

Nettle leaf tea or capsules can be very helpful in decreasing allergy symptoms.

Eat local, unfiltered, raw honey; this is a method to introduce local pollens into the body in a way that the immune system may respond in a more comfortable manner.

Since gastrointestinal health is intimately connected to immune health make sure you have adequate probiotic support. Low intestinal bifidus (a probiotic) is linked to asthma and allergy conditions! Decrease sugar consumption, avoid food sensitivities and allergies. Get adequate sleep and stay properly hydrated with water.